Hot Spots: Baltimore Outpost

by Brian Michael Lawrence

The small regional upscale casual chain of restaurants, Blackwall Hitch, opened its fourth location in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area last summer. It joins locations in Annapolis, Alexandria, and Rehoboth Beach as the most recent outpost. 

Located in the venerable Candler Building on Market Place, it’s a large, two-floor affair…
…with additional outdoor dining in warm weather months.
Inside, there’s a cozy lounge area, furnished with eclectic pieces.
This gives way to a large, open bi-level main dining room done in comfortable neutral tones…
…with comfy leather-upholstered booths and dining tables and an overall industrial-chic feel. An open staircase leads to additional dining space upstairs.
To the rear is the nautical-themed main barroom that also contains high-top tables.
Specialty cocktails include the blackberry smash and the espresso martini.
The varied menu has some nice salads, lots of high-end American comfort food options, and some great seafood choices. The lobster roll is a standout, and the fried chicken & Belgian waffles is a solid brunch choice.
The Baltimore location definitely attracts a tourist trade, given its location, but the locals find a lot to love about it, too.
{Blackwall Hitch, 700 E. Pratt Street, Inner Harbor}
Brian Michael Lawrence

Brian Michael Lawrence is one of THE Baltimore style experts. After all, he was the longtime editor-in-chief at STYLE Magazine, which specialized in covering everything stylish around the Baltimore area. Brian also served as editorial director for the digital division at Sinclair Broadcasting, and creative director at Blue Sky Design. Currently, he oversees communications & marketing for the department of Tourism, Film & the Arts at Maryland’s Commerce Department.  In his bi-weekly column, you’ll get to see what cool hotspots are piquing the interest of this Baltimore style maven and why - whether it's the fabulous food, cool cocktails or elegant environs.